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We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones

It seems like every generation of parents has a collective freak-out when it comes to kids and new technologies; television and video games each inspired widespread hand-wringing among grown-ups. But the inescapability of today’s mobile devices—coupled with the personal allure of social media—seems to separate smartphones from older screen-based media. Parents, teens and researchers agree […]

City kids more likely to have psychotic experiences

Kids growing up in the city are significantly more likely than those raised in the country to have psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices and experiencing intense paranoia. A study published May 22 in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin shows that these youths are more than 40 percent more likely to have a psychotic experience by […]

More technology use linked to mental health issues in at-risk adolescents

More use of technology is linked to later increases in attention, behavior and self-regulation problems for adolescents already at risk for mental health issues, a new study from Duke University finds. Read more. Publication Link News Link

Seven Concerns about teens and phones, unwrapped

Ninety percent of adolescents in the U.S. now either own or can access a mobile phone with the internet. Parents worry about how much time teens spend with their devices — and it is a lot. Teens look at screens an unprecedented eight hours a day and cell phones are a major part of that; […]

Obesity in Rural NC – WPTF/NCN News

Interview with Dr. Joy Piontak by Scott Briggaman at WPTF/NCN News Part 1: Aired November 14, 2016 Part 2: Aired November 15, 2016

Links between exposure to violence and obesity in teens

New research finds that teens consume more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence. Moreover, a teen often suffers from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day. Read more. Link to paper.

Depression worsening among girls

Good news – adolescents’ alcohol use has fallen to the lowest point in 25 years. Teen pregnancies have also been trending downward and high school graduation rates have reached a record high in the United States. Based on these key metrics it seems that US kids today are outperforming past cohorts and living healthier lives. […]

Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions

A review of data from 67 high-quality interventions — all of which included some degree of pre-literacy and early math skill-building and most of which targeted economically disadvantaged children — found that the effects preschool faded startlingly fast: falling by half within a year and by half again two years later. The Washing Post article. […]

The Surprising Cost of Growing Up Poor (Policy 360 Podcast)

Do children from low-income backgrounds benefit from living in economically mixed communities? Professor Candice Odgers says that growing up in the shadow of wealth may have a surprising effect on a child’s development. Prof Odgers talks with Sanford’s Dean, Kelly Brownell, about the findings of one of her studies. Here’s the talk’s transcript.

Obesity More Likely for N.C. Children in Rural Counties, High-Poverty Schools

North Carolina children who live in rural counties or attend high poverty schools are more likely to be obese, a newly published study finds. The research, available online this week in the Journal of School Health, analyzed Body Mass Index data from 74,665 third through fifth grade students from 317 urban and rural schools. The […]